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When I travel for work, it pretty much wrecks me in every way. I don't sleep well, I forget to eat ru

Katrina's Letter Of The Week

April 12 · Issue #55 · View online
Every week, I'll write you a letter. A letter about anything, really. My goal is just to make you think.

When I travel for work, it pretty much wrecks me in every way. I don’t sleep well, I forget to eat running between meetings, and I always find that one guy whose mother never told them to cover their mouth to sit next to on the plane. 
I know it looks better than sitting behind a desk. But it’s all fun and games until you’re getting a text at 5 am that your flight is canceled as you’re recovering from food poisoning.
Don’t worry. Only half of that terrible equation came true this week (thanks, blizzard). 
The hardest part of all of it is that I can’t rely on my routine. I’m juggling the priorities that are in my face, the priorities at home and work all at once. I’m spinning trying to make everything a priority. I hear this a lot when I speak at HR conferences, too. In the midsts of balancing a million things, we all get lost in prioritization. Everything, or nothing in some cases, becomes a priority and we spin. 
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks: Everything can’t be a priority. If something really is your priority, you have to give it more energy than you can divide. 
This week, I wrote about a topic I know a lot of us are trying to make a priority: culture fit/add. But my question is, “can you be a fit if you’re the add?” More on that in my blog and another post on a culture of giving from my friend Dawn Burke. I’m also sharing a presentation of privilege you should not miss, whether culture is a priority for you or not.
Have a great week and let’s hope all this snow melts soon -

Culture Fit or Culture Add: Can You Fit In?
How Privilege Defines Performance
Cultures of Appreciation Require Training The “Giver”
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